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Old 10-18-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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My first batch if cider is in secondary, and the airlock has gone still. I know I need to condition for awhile, can this be done after bottling? I'd like to free up my carboy.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:48 PM   #2
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Yes you can condition in the bottle.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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If you have a hydrometer, use that to tell you if it's done fermenting. Airlocks aren't as reliable as hydrometers, so make sure it's done before bottling to prevent bottle bombs.

If it's TRULY done, then yes, you can condition in the bottle.

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Old 10-18-2011, 11:40 PM   #4
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This may be a silly question, but can you bottle condition AFTER you stove top pasteurize? I would assume so, but I figured I'd ask.

I notice a difference in flavor (albeit slight) from when I bottle, after it carbs up, after I pasteurize and then even as soon as a week of conditioning in the carbed bottles.

 
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:00 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cadillacandy
This may be a silly question, but can you bottle condition AFTER you stove top pasteurize? I would assume so, but I figured I'd ask.

I notice a difference in flavor (albeit slight) from when I bottle, after it carbs up, after I pasteurize and then even as soon as a week of conditioning in the carbed bottles.
Trying to decide if this us sarcasm...

Thanks for the help. I'm familiar with bottle conditioning with beer, just not cider.

 
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:04 AM   #6
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No sarcasm intended at all. Serious question. The italics probably weren't a good choice.

 
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Old 10-19-2011, 03:01 AM   #7
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Gotcha. Thanks for the clarity. After you stove top pasteurize, you'll need to add yeast to ferment, unless
You're going wild. Conditioning will occur after fermenting is done. See above for the reminder on when fermenting is done (I am)

 
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